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The Oldboy triumvirate
is getting closer to completion as Colin Firth is in talks to take on the role
of the film’s villain, Adrian. With Josh Brolin currently set to star in the American remake of the 2003 Korean cult favorite, Firth’s joining would leave one last
major role open, which was turned down by The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara a month ago.
Twitch has nothing but the character’s name, but Firth could make
a fine choice if the update sticks to the blueprint of the original. If you’ve
seen Oldboy, you’ll remember the
manipulative Woo-jin (Yu Ji-tae) for his graceful yet authoritative mannerisms,
which would be well within the range demonstrated by Firth in his previous works,
only with the added kick of a seething revenge-lust against Brolin’s character.
The road to getting an Oldboy remake in front of American
audiences has been a tricky one, with Will Smith, Steven Spielberg
and Justin Lin attached to the project at some point over the last three years.
Many wondered who would face the task of living up to the high bar set by the
original’s prolific director, Park Chan-wook, but Spike Lee emerged as Madate
Pictures’ choice for the director’s chair back in July.